This section contains writing related to our community activities.

3DHEALS Community Event Recap: Melbourne – A Recap

On Wednesday 28th March, the Melbourne community gathered for their first event, Happy Hour at the rooftop bar of the Waterside Hotel. For the first event, it was well attended with researchers (the University of Melbourne, BIoFab3D at St Vincent’s Hospital), industry (OMX Solutions and Fab9) and healthcare professionals (The Austin Hospital) as well as many undergraduate, master and Ph.D. students. It was a fantastic opportunity the future engineers and researchers in the field to talk with those already working and innovating in 3D printing. The relaxed atmosphere and sunny weather offered a great opportunity to network before the Easter weekend. Many attendees were new to 3DHEALS and all are looking forward to future events!

Press Release: 3DHEALS2018 Fundraising Event for Limbforge and Victoria Hand Project: Global Healthcare Impact of 3D Printing Is A Reality, But Needs Your Help

[San Franciso, California, USA] – 3DHEALS, LLC. is pleased to these announce fundraising event for Limbforge and Victoria Hand Project on the night of April 20th, 2018. These are two nonprofit organizations leveraging 3D printing scanning and 3D printing technologies for amputees worldwide. They are doing this through the development of low cost, accessible, clinically tested upper extremity prosthetic solutions.

Press Release: 3DHEALS2018 Global Healthcare 3D Printing and Bio-printing Summit,Join The Tribe

[San Franciso, California, USA] – 3DHEALS, LLC. is pleased to these announce its annual event focusing on healthcare innovations using 3D printing and bio-printing technologies. The event expects 300+ attendees, 15 countries, and will take place at Bespoke SF, downtown San Francisco. The event will take place immediately after the RSA conferences in San Francisco on April 20th and 21st, 2018.

The conference has gathered 45 cross-disciplinary influencers from all over the world to speak on the current and future trends of this burgeoning field, which aims to transform trillion-dollar industries including the manufacturing, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. The group shares the belief that these technologies will be able to solve many healthcare challenges existing technologies cannot, including lowering care costs, increase access to care, and improving care outcomes. 

Government Shutdown and 3DHEALS: There is a Connection, Believe or Not

On the evening of January 22nd, 2018, 3DHEALS hosted the first pilot executive working conference at the Washington DC office of ReedSmith, a law firm with special interests in liability issues related to 3D printed medical device. The goal of this conference aims to bring executives from different healthcare organizations, additive manufacturing industry, bioprinting and pharma companies, academia, and the government policy experts together to tackle some of the tougher problems facing the healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting industry. In theory, the small group format will allow decision makers in each organization to have a multi-disciplinary conversation, outside of the silo they often found themselves in.

There was no sales pitch in this conference. The goal was one and only: Finding out what are the top challenges facing the industry, and have a conversation to initiate solutions. We named this 3-hour event, “3DHEALS: Taming the Wild West of 3D Printing”, and focused on policy related issues for the attendees. While due to inopportune government shut-down no government entity was present (i.e. FDA, DOD, NIH, etc), the conversations were filled with enthusiasms and inspiration. Below is our meeting minute and we think sharing the notes will be beneficial to everyone in the ecosystem. 

Finalized, the FDA guidance document “Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Medical Devices”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published their guidance document on the use of additive manufactured medical devices on December 5th 2017. This is the finalized version of the draft document issued in May of 2016. The recommendations and considerations...

3D Bioprinting: Truth is Beautiful

— How Close are We to Artificial Tissues and Organs? 3D Bioprinting — How Close are We to Artificial Tissues and Organs? May 3–5, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Often, whenever people hear the term “healthcare 3D printing”, a common response from them is,...